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Tuesday, 5 August 2008

Rutland Water on 25th July 2008

I had an 'afternoon duty' as a volunteer this day, and decided to have some time at the Egleton side of the Reserve before my turn. Whilst plenty of interest was seen, I did not find any photographic opportunities. The Lyndon side was a totally different kettle of fish. On my walk to Waderscrape hide I found a few dragonflies and butterflies. But far more exciting things were in store for me.

Ruddy Darter (male)
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Meadow Brown
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I arrived at the hide to find that the Water Rails had been showing well. I did not have to wait too long before they showed again - and again - and again !!! However, there was only one chick visible this day.
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The Reed Warblers were also more visible this day than I have previously seen this year.



On my way back at the end of my shift, the damselflies and dragonflies were still out and about.
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Common Blue Damselfly (male)
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Black-Tailed Skimmer ???

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